Spring 2015 RA Selection

 

Thank for your interest in the Resident Assistant position!

Valparaiso University firmly believes that living in a residence hall provides students with a learning experience that integrates and complements the more formal educational activities of the classroom, laboratory, studio and stage. The role of the Resident Assistant is to help create and facilitate an environment of student learning in the residence halls, through planned and intentional educational outreach programs, as well as through informal activities. As a campus leader and role model, the Resident Assistant position provides an opportunity to observe and correct undesirable behavior while teaching new skills in problem solving, decision making, and critical thinking; to assist students in taking responsibility for their actions; to orient students to college life and aid in their emotional and academic adjustment; and to help students develop individual social skills.

Qualifications
Must be in and maintain good social and academic standing with the University. Applicants must have a full-time student enrollment status with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to apply and obtain no lower than a 2.0 semester GPA throughout employment. Applicants must have resided in a Residence Hall at least two full semesters prior to the start of employment.

Application

The online applications (listed below) have three core sections:

  1. General Information
  2. Discussion Questions
  3. Two (2) References.

 

Please be prepared to complete each section in its entirety, as you will not be able to return and complete work later.

***Please Note: if a page on the application appears to be blank, simply scroll up.

 

Available Applications:

  • New Resident Assistant
  • Returning Resident Assistant
  • New Assistant Coordinator {must have been a VU Resident Assistant}
  • Returning Assistant Coordinator {must have been an Assistant Coordinator}

You may locate the applications listed above by clicking here.

 

If you have any questions about the positions or the selection process, feel free to contact me by e-mail at Shavonn.nowlin@valpo.edu or call me at 219-464-6004.

Thank you again for your interest, and good luck throughout the selection process!

 

Shavonn Nowlin
Residential Learning Coordinator
Student Staff Selection Committee Chair

New Resident Assistant Applicant Information

The Resident Assistant selection process for new applicants involves the following:

  1. Online Application
  2. Discussion Questions (via application)
  3. Group Interview Process (all qualified new applicants must attend)
  4. Individual Interview (by invitation)

Applications must be fully completed by Friday, January 30th, 2015 or they will not be considered.

 Before you begin, please have the following available:

  1. Your availability for an individual interview on Monday - Friday, February 9-13th 2015 (should you be invited to participate).
  2. Email addresses for an RA in your current building AND 1 (one) Valpo faculty or staff member (NO RLC’s)


If you have any questions about the positions or the selection process, feel free to contact me by e-mail at Shavonn.nowlin@valpo.edu or call me at extension X6004.

 

Individual Interviews

Should a candidate be invited to participate in the individual interview; candidates are interviewed, on an individual basis by a panel of current Residence Life Coordinators. During this interview, candidates will be asked a variety of questions assessing their knowledge of the Resident Assistant position and the skills and abilities each candidate possesses. There will be anywhere from one to three people interviewing you, so be prepared to speak with a small group of current professional staff members during the interview. Individual interviews will take place on Monday - Friday, February 9-13th and will be 30 minutes long.

 

Returning Resident Assistant Applicant Information

The Resident Assistant selection process for returning applicants involves the following:

  1. Online Application
  2. Discussion Questions (via application)
  3. Individual Interview

Applications must be fully completed by Friday, January 30th, 2015 or they will not be considered.

 Before you begin, please have the following available:

  1. Your availability for an individual interview on Monday - Friday, February 2-6th 2015


If you have any questions about the positions or the selection process, feel free to contact me by e-mail at Shavonn.nowlin@valpo.edu or call me at extension X6004.

 

Individual Interviews

Candidates are interviewed, on an individual basis by a panel of current Residence Life Coordinators. During this interview, candidates will be asked a variety of questions assessing their knowledge of the Resident Assistant position and the skills and abilities each candidate possesses. There will be anywhere from one to three people interviewing you, so be prepared to speak with a small group of current professional staff members during the interview. Individual interviews will take place on Monday-Friday, February 2nd - 6th and will be 30 minutes long.

 

Assistant Coordinator Applicant Information

The Assistant Coordinator selection process for returning applicants involves the following:

  1. Online Application
  2. Discussion Questions (via application)
  3. Individual Interview

Applications must be fully completed by Friday, January 16th, 2015 or they will not be considered.

 

Before you begin, please have the following available:

  1. You availability for an interview on Wednesday and Friday, January 21and 23


If you have any questions about the positions or the selection process, feel free to contact me by e-mail at Shavonn.nowlin@valpo.edu or call me at extension X6004.

 

Individual Interviews

Candidates are interviewed, on an individual basis by a panel of current Residence Life Coordinators. During this interview, candidates will be asked a variety of questions assessing their knowledge of the Resident Assistant position and the skills and abilities each candidate possesses. There will be anywhere from one to three people interviewing you, so be prepared to speak with a small group of current staff members during the interview. Individual interviews will take place on Wednesday and Friday, January 21and 23 and will be 45 minutes long.

 

Important Information & Dates

Applications

  • Friday, January 9th -  AC Application Available
  • Friday, January 16th- AC Applications Due
  • Friday, January 9th - RA Application Available
  • Friday, January 30th at 5:00pm- RA Applications Complete and Due

 

New and Returning Assistant Coordinator Process

  • Friday, January 16th- AC Applications Due
  • Wednesday and Friday, January 21and 23 - AC Interviews Conducted
  • Tuesday, January 27th- AC Offer Letters Sent
  • Friday, January 30th- AC Acceptances Due
 

Interest Meetings

  • Week of January 13th- Behind the Scenes Look: Freshmen Interest Meetings (details below)
    • Tuesday, January 13th 8-9pm (Lankenau Hall)
    • Wednesday, January 14th  9-10pm (Alumni Hall)
    • Thursday, January 15th 9-10pm (Brandt Hall)

 

  • Week of January 19th- Info Tables at the Union & Upperclassmen Halls (details below)
    • Monday, January 26th at 11:00am-1:30pm (Chapel View Lounge)
    • Monday, January 19th at 7-9pm (Guild/Memorial Hall)
    • Wednesday, January 28th at 7-9pm (Scheele Hall)
    • Thursday, January 29th at 11:00am-1:30pm (Chapel View Lounge)
    • Thursday, January 29th at 7-9pm (Beacon Hall)
    • Thursday, January 29th at 7-9pm (Wehrenberg Hall)
  • Friday, January 30th at 5:00pm- RA Applications Complete and Due
  • Monday-Friday, February 2nd -6th - Returning RA Interviews Conducted
  • Thursday, February Feb. 5th - Group Process {All new RA Applicants must Attend}
  • Monday - Friday, February 9-13th- New RA Interviews Conducted
  • Wednesday, February 25th - RA Offer Letters Sent Out
  • Tuesday, March 17th by 12:00pm- RA Acceptances Due

 

 
Position Overviews and Descriptions
 

Resident Assistant Position Overview


Assistant Coordinator Position Description and Overview

 

Resident Assistant and Assistant Coordinator Application

 

Contact Information

Office of Residential Life
Harre Union, 250
1509 Chapel Drive
Vaparaiso, IN. 46383
reslife@valpo.edu
219-464-5413
219-464-5256 (Fax)

Twitter: @ValpoReslife

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ValpoReslife

Important Dates